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Langston Center

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Phone: (804) 828-5181
Fax: (804) 828-7743
Email: langstonctr@vcu.edu

Mailing Address

VCU School of Nursing – Langston Center
Sadie Heath Cabaniss Hall
1100 East Leigh Street
Box 980567
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0567

The Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety promotes patient-centered, population-focused and cost-effective initiatives designed to improve health care. Housed in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing and made possible through the generosity of VCU Health, the center offers a unique arena of opportunities to advance leadership, quality and safety science, decision- and implementation science, and innovation.

Mission: To be a premier resource network that advances innovative approaches to complex health care problems with solutions that ensure a quality and safe consumer experience.

Vision: To empower interprofessional networks of clinicians, educators, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs to transform health care through collaboration and science that impacts lives.


  1. Create models that bridge health care quality and safety, technology-driven innovation, and social and moral imperatives to optimize the human experience in health care.
  2. To generate learning experiences around innovation, quality, and safety, embracing learners from professional schools, local and regional health systems, innovators/entrepreneurs, the at-large community, and policy influencers.
  3. Support the academic, research and practice missions of the School of Nursing.
  4. Generate funding to sustain and grow the Center’s work in partnership with the Development Office and other resource providers.


Michael Bleich, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN, is senior professor and director of the Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety at the School of Nursing.

Bleich came to VCU School of Nursing first as a visiting professor, then as interim director for the Langston Center in fall of 2018 before accepting an appointment as the director in January 2019. His interest and experience in quality and safety began as a chief nursing officer in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Kansas, and then advanced his expertise as a consultant for Quality Healthcare Resources, Inc., a Joint Commission subsidiary. As a professor of health policy and management at the University of Kansas, he taught courses in quality and safety, complexity science, and health systems leadership. His training includes work with W. Edwards Deming, J.M. Juran, Paul Plsek, and Intermountain Health's Brent James, with a year-long focus on outcomes measurement. He recently completed coursework in innovation and design thinking from HEC-Paris. A member of the American Academy of Nursing's Expert Panel on Quality, he also authors a column on Leadership and Development for the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (JCEN) where subject matter includes systems thinking, leadership development, quality and safety, and other trending topics.

He holds a nursing diploma, a B.S.N. from Milton College, a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in patient care administration and public health nursing from the University of Minnesota, and a doctoral degree in human resource development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed fellowships through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wharton School of Business in Patient Care Administration, and the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program.

Executive Administrative Assistant

Patrecia Gary, M.B.A., M.P.A. joined the School of Nursing in summer 2019 and provides programmatic support for the Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety and the Office of Research, Scholarship and Innovation. Gary earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Saint Leo University and graduate degrees in business administration and public administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.

She comes to the Center with extensive experience in academic and support technology roles and logistics.

Creating collaboration. Advancing science. Impacting lives.